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Uphill and Against the Wind - TransAm E-W
By Dave T

Day 5: Charlottesville to Afton - The dog, uphill, uphill, uphill, and the Cookie Lady!

Wednesday May 21, 1986, 39 miles (63 km) - Total so far: 260 miles (418 km)

Something woke me up around 6am, it was Gene shaking my tent. I rolled up my bag and get ready in a hurry as Gene and Rich were going to the diner for breakfast. It wasn't going to be a long day but I was hungry so got the tall stack of pancakes and coffee. The pancakes were so big I could hardy eat 2, the lady gave us all water with ice and we departed for Afton.

The weather was overcast today with periods of sun. The hills are starting to get very steep as we go up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. I got chased by a crazy dog today, and I tried out running it without success. Had to use my secret method, squirt it with water . works every time. I Rode with Rich, from West Falmouth, Mass most of today. Rich has a pretty strong personality but I enjoy the conversations and riding company. I also rode with many of the others from the Bikecentennial group thought the day, but we all got strung out because of the mountain climbs.

My legs kinda feel like rubber today, I guess because I didn't do hardly any training before Yorktown. The legs are getting into shape slowly. The last 10 miles up to Afton were pretty tough on me today, I used all my water on that damn dog and got de-hydrated. Rich had some spare water and passed it to my on a long pull uphill. (thanks Rich).

The roads are still very good with very little traffic. The short day was due to the length and steepness of the hills. The weather looked like it would rain and was getting cold, I'm glad I'm sleeping in-doors tonight.

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The Cookie Lady, June Curry

Afton Virginia

For those who don't know June Curry, she is the Cookie Lady and has been hosting and feeding Trans Am cyclists since 1976. The bike house is full of memorabilia from visitors since 1976. We did a bunch of things around the house to help June as she is getting old. Diane and Clay cut the grass, Phil, Rich did some work in the garage, I fixed the cold water shower outside and helped out Sheryl do some things in the house. After all the work was done we all decided to open up our tents to get them dry from rain yesterday.

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June says.. Wear a Helmet!

The people from the Bikecentennial group are all very interesting. Phil is 21 or so from Boston, Mass (I believe) and is a real intelligent, computer hacker/programmer kind a guy. Phil got the nickname "world book" because he knows everything (not in a negative way). Phil has an electronic device that signaled the proper tones to a pay phone, telling it I just put in a quarter. Next time I call home it will be free! Clay was the Group Leader, and this was his 3rd time across on the Trans America Trail, but first as a group leader.

Yesterday Clay told me I could only ride along with the group for 5 days, and then I'd either have to join the group or go off on my own. He said that is the official Bikecentennial position and it was not because they didn't want me hanging out with them. The general consensus was everyone wants me to join the group because I got along really well with everyone. My plans were pretty much the same for the next 5 days or so, I'll decide what to do then.

Tomorrow, it's up to the Blue Ridge Parkway for 30 miles or so then down the other side.

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Tired today

How about wearing some different clothes? Sorry, I didn't bring many.

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Hey, get away from those bikes!

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Gene from B.C. Canada

Jack Daniel's Black, on the rocks please.......

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Rich, Cheryl, and Clay waiting........

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Diane from Iowa....Go Diane Go!

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Fred from D.C. ... or is it Momar Kadafi?

[Author's Note:] June Curry is still putting up cyclists to this day. I am amazed that she is still able to do this at her age. I've read about June in many publications over the years since 1986, she is known world-wide.


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